Daniel Lee

City: Culver City
Position Seeking: Councilmember

Question 1: Please share the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up.

As a child I fell in love with music and participated both in band (alto saxophone), played guitar, and sang in my church choir. Song was the way in which I dealt with and began to understand the world and how to cope with unpleasant things. As a child this mostly meant long car rides. My family frequently traveled from Florida to Alabama to visit my grandmother and other relatives and the whole family singing together to radio tunes is what made the frequent trips survivable.

Question 2: What do you think should be the role of City Council in the development and support of the region’s arts and cultural infrastructure?

Culver City has a rich history in the entertainment industry. The City Council should maintain and build on this legacy and endeavor to involve all of the residents of Culver City in that effort whether they are involved with the industry or not As a volunteer and mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation since 2005 I have worked to involved elementary school students in acts of personal exploration around art The City Council should work with the school board to insure students and residents are exposed to the ruih tapestry of art available in Los Angeles County/

Question 3: What’s your vision for the city? What role, if any, does art and culture play in achieving that vision?

My vision for the city involves making it as walkable and bike-able as possible so that the rich artistic history that is already here can be consumed both by residents and people across Los Angeles County. Art plays a major role in all of this. Public art should be a consideration of all developments in the city. Furthermore the very popular art scene that takes place on Washington blvd and La Cienega should be more integrated with the City itself. The current council has approved Arts District Business Improvement District and this a great step in the right direction.

Questions 4: A recent report by the Otis College of Design found that 1 in every 7 jobs in LA County is supports the creative sector and economy in Los Angeles County. What strategies, if any, would you pursue to enhance the region’s creative economy (i.e. cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit organizations)?

The city currently has a a number of incentives in law that encourage film production in Culver City and which encourage it to stay. We have also approved a new fiber optic network that should appeal to new creative businesses. But, can do more to support creative industry. The LA film festival has chosen to make Culver City the hub of its operations and Affair of the Arts will also be returning to Culver City this year. Based on our track record for these events we can seek partnerships with nonprofits to try to bring other art disciplines to Culver.